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Yoma 9: Blaming the Babylonians

Comparing the First and Second Temples. First, the numbers. Second, the grievous sins that brought each down. And how to characterize the different eras? Also, the revealed nature of the sins of the First Temple and the hidden nature of the sins of the Second Temple. R. Yochanan and Resh Lakish debate which generation was better… With an eye to a Third Temple. Plus, Rabbah bar bar Hannah helps Resh Lakish and gets puts down for his troubles. Resh Lakish faults the Jews in Babylonia for not returning to Zion when they could have done so.


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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